International Public Policy Analysis (MIPPA), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
The MSc International Public Policy Analysis is designed to meet the increasing demand for expertise in international and comparative analysis of public policies. It is a flexible programme that enables you to tailor your studies according to your interests so that you can gain a higher level of specialism.


Programme suspendedThis programme is currently suspended for 2016/17.

You may want to consider our MSc International Development or Masters of Research programmes.

Programme features

  • You will gain a rigorous, multidisciplinary understanding of social and public policy in international and cross-national contexts.
  • Advanced training in key techniques of policy analysis and policy evaluation in national, cross-national and international settings.
  • Opportunities for student-driven research in substantial social and public policy areas (such as, welfare and social security, family policy, migration policy, employment and labour market policy, health policy, environmental policy, international development), in a large number of national, regional (European Union, Asia, Africa, Latin America, Southern Europe, MENA) and global (UN) settings.
  • Follow one of three possible pathways whereby you take a suite of complementary units in each semester, or choose a combination of optional units.

The programme is designed for university graduates or mid-career professionals pursuing careers in;

  • national social and public administration
  • European or international organisations
  • national or international non-governmental organisations and agencies
  • academia related study of social and/or public policy.


The excellence of the research undertaken within the Department of Social & Policy Sciences has been recognised most recently by the award of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011. We were also ranked 2nd in the country in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

Programme Structure

Core Units

  • Advanced Policy Analysis: approaches and techniques
  • Policy Evaluation: methods and techniques
  • The Politics of Policy: actors and arenas and conflict in international perspective
  • Research for Policy: concepts, methods and values
  • Dissertation

Optional Units (indicative):

  • Comparative European Social Policy
  • Comparative Research Methods
  • International Family Policy
  • Politics and Policy in Developing Countries
  • Wellbeing and Human Development 1: concepts, measurement & policy
  • Economics for Development
  • Business Society and States: corporate power and accountability
  • Wellbeing assessment in public policy and development practice,
  • World Politics: conflict, security and development
  • Political economy of globalisation
  • Well-being, Welfare Regimes and Social Policy: a global perspective,
  • Globalisation and Economic Insecurity
  • Regional research specialisms (South Asia, Africa, Latin America and South East Asia; subject to staff availability)

Learning and teaching

Our programmes are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed on a semester basis. As you progress through each semester and successfully pass the examinations, you will receive credit for the units, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.

Teaching takes the form of lectures, classes and seminars. Lectures are quite formal, whereas classes and seminars involve interaction between the lecturer and a small number of students for study skills and discussion.

Methods of assessment

Assessment consists of a combination of coursework essays, class exercises, projects, oral presentations and examinations.

We also place strong emphasis on developing presentation and discussion/communication skills, which in many units is part of the assessed work.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Academic requirements

  • A good first degree in a social science subject, or
  • an equivalent degree in another subject, together with substantial relevant work experience.

English requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components)
  • PTE Academic of 62 with no less than 59 in any component
If you wish to improve your English proficiency before commencing your studies, pre-sessional language training can be arranged through the Academic Skills Centre.
You may be eligible for a combined offer to include both pre-sessional English 5 (PS5) and the Master's degree programme. The advantage of this offer is that overseas students can apply for a Visa for the full duration of the programme rather than re-applying for a Visa at the end of the pre-sessional course.
600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) or 100 (internet-based test).

Tuition Fee


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Professional and Career Development Loans

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